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Football: WAYNE: ISLE LEAVE LLOYD TO ENGLAND; No Caribbean call-up for Dyer.


MONTSERRAT may be in 'Dyer' trouble as officially the worst international team in the world, but there is no way they will tempt Albion's rising star Lloyd into pulling on the shirt.

Older brother Wayne, currently playing for Hinckley United, is the star turn for the tiny Caribbean island that lies in 204th place on the FIFA rankings list.

Montserrat was rocked in 1995by a volcanic eruption that saw the population fall to just over 4,000 and left half the country covered in volcanic ash.

Their World Cup dream for 2006 has also been left in ruins as they were thrashed by Bermuda 20-0 over two legs in February and March, but if Dyer senior wanted to strengthen the squad he wouldn't be calling on his brother.

'I am so proud of Lloyd,' he said. 'I would love Lloyd to play for England's under-21s so I don't think it would be worth his while to come and play for Montserrat!'

Wayne's own international dream started in 1999 when he played in a World Cup qualifier against the Dominican Republic and was immediately elevated to the role of national superstar. They may have been hammered by Bermuda, but Dyer is insistent that improvements are taking place.

'People remarked that we got changed in tents before the 7-0 defeat in Montserrat,' he added. 'But even they were new and we are developing the facilities gradually.

'My mum is originally from Montserrat and one of her friends said that they were holding trials down in London,and it hasgoneon from there.

'The first time I went over to Montserrat there were a lot of players who aren't as good as they are now.

'However, every time I have gone over there they have asked me to get involved with the coaching of the young players on the island and, while they aren't the best at present, they are improving slowly but surely every year.'

Dyer was in the Caribbean for six weeks, as Montserrat couldn't afford to fly him back and forth between the two fixtures.

But he reveals that his manager at Hinckley, Dean Thomas, has been totally supportive.

'The gaffer told me that it was the sort of chance I had to take,' he continued.

'Even though there was a sixweek gap between games I used the time fruitfully.

'The result was a little bit disheartening but not totally unexpected.

'Until they get involved in a fulltime league they are always going to struggle because they don't play enough games.

'There is a league in Antigua which is about20minutesawayby helicopter and there has been talk of joining, which would be great as it would improve things no end.

'Montserrat have been great from day one and even offered to pay for me to take my coaching badges.

'The idea is that I can become involved in the development of players.

'I do feel a certain amount of pressure when I play as people expect a lot from me.

'They have made me captain and some of the younger lads tend to look up to me.

'I would like to be involved in the coaching side of the game, but at present I am only 26 and still want to play for as long as I can.

'I enjoy my job as a plumber and am happy here for the time being.' While Wayne is in England hecan offer words of encouragement to his younger brother, Lloyd, who is causing a bit of a stir at The Hawthorns.

'I always talk to Lloyd and really try to help him,' he continued. 'As much as I can I will try to keep him on the right path and I know he has learnt from my experiences.

'As a youngster I went from club to club trying my hardest to make a career, but it didn't quite happen for me.

'I had spells at Walsall and Blues, but it wasn't to be.

'Lloyd has had to work hard to reach where he is now and he is determined to stay involved.

'I hopehecangoalongway in the game.'


HELPING HAND: Wayne Dyer always encourages little brother Lloyd, inset
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Date:Apr 18, 2004
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